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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The January Dancer - Michael Flynn Ripping yarn.

I like writing that, but it's even more fun to say. Space opera with the emphasis on the operatic, with prose so purpled that I occasionally reached to twirl my non-existent moustache, settings so divergently and baroquely imagined as to suggest a good thirty or forty novels, and an archetypal plot (a found alien object, and a series of searchers, con artists, pirates, hero types, larcenous corporations, would-be tyrants, rebel leaders) that mashes up any number of ye olde pulp delights. After Flynn's last thoughtful meander through medieval first-contact [book:Eifelheim], this was a surprising shift--but carried off with enormous wit.